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Thursday, December 6, 2001
Spiderweb President Interviewed
11:19 AM | Noah Brimhall | Comment on this story has an interesting interview with the president of Spiderweb Software, Jeff Vogel. The interview covers everything from games as art to how to start off as a game developer.

When asked about gearing online RPGs toward role-playing, Vogel said:

Role-playing is fun, but overrated. I think Planescape: Torment was one of the greatest PPGs ever, but it bombed. On the other hand, Baldur's Gate sold a trillion copies. Why? Because role-playing is fun, to a point. Eventually, pretty much every RPG fan just wants to hit things.
Vogel also talks about the fate of independent developers in a tough game industry:
If there's no air in a room, small creatures who don't breathe much will die just as soon as big creatures.

If the computer game industry is in trouble, it will hurt everyone. But, last I checked, our industry is still making phenomenal amounts of money. So I'm going to wait to offer opinions on this problem until I am convinced that there is a problem.

Vogul is the creator of such games as Geneforge, Exile, and Avernum. Spiderweb Software is an independent game developer based in Seattle.

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